A glorious celebration of the rocailles style exemplifies this charming ice cream spoon set. The spoon handles are double struck. They descend from the bowl of the spoon in a fluted pattern terminating with exquisitely detailed rocailles, finely chased, in asymmetrical form and bound with scrolling foliate accents. The handles and bowls are vermeil, 22k gold coated, with silver accents, giving the spoons a mixed metal effect that is an important part of the design. So, the foliate accents are silver, and from these ascends a silver leafy branch. The back of the spoon, at the base of the bowl, the handles attaches with a flourishing rocailles. Condition is splendid. Each spoon bear the maker's punch for Gustave Odiot, and the .950 sterling silver guarantee, the Minerve 1st titre. The Odiot family produced a line of unrivaled silver smiths. Gustave was the last member of the family to run the company. He became purveyor of silver to the Russian tsar, and was commissioned by Said Pacha, Viceroy of Egypt, to produce the most lavish flatware set comprised of 3000 solid gold pieces.
Please see photos for dimensions and marks. The spoons are 5" long, 1" at the widest, and the combined weight is 227 grams; or 18 grams each spoon.
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